Another loss in the London League

London League Division 2
Ilford 1 … 2.5 – 4.5 Lewisham 1 Three games adjourned
Ilford white on odd boards
20 March 2019
Report – Tom Barton

Ilford 1
GRADESCORELewisham 1GRADE
Tom
Barton
166½ – ½ Dimitrios
Kolomvas
174
Julian
Hudson
176AdjMartin
Gruau
178
Gideon
Vecht
1601 – 0 Jude
Ranga
177
Neville
Twitchell
174½ – ½Sydney J
Jacob
163
Aidan
Corish
1560 – 1 John P
Allen
163
Gary
Thurston
163AdjTim
Gluckman
165
Anthony
Kent
1510 – 1 Mike
Roberts
e160
Malcolm
Gesthuysen
139AdjChris M
Brown
143
Jef
Page
139½ – ½Martin
Stewart
157
forfeit0 – 1 walkover

We are down 2.5 – 4.5 with three games adjourned in this match. The only win was for Gideon who is doing well in the London League but he tells me his other results are not so good! On the other boards chances were very limited. Neville took an early draw. Both Jef and I didn’t come out of the opening well and couldn’t get beyond draws. Anthony was under queenside pressure which told in the end. Aidan had chances but lost in the time scramble. There are three adjourned games but we are a pawn down in two so it looks unlikely we will get a positive result. A disappointing performance against one of the weaker clubs!

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Drubbing by table-topping Imperial in the London League

London League Division 2 – Imperial 7.5 – 2.5 Ilford
March 7 2019
Report – Tom Barton

Imperial 1 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
Li tian
Yeoh
e240 1 – 0 Tom
Barton        
166
Constantin
Mueller
224 1 – 0 Julian
Hudson   
176
Paul
Dargan
201 ½ – ½ Gideon
Vecht
160
Aluna
Rizzoli
180 ½ – ½ Neville
Twitchell
174
Francesco
Salerno
180 1 – 0 Anthony
Kent
151
Luke J
Barron
170 ½ – ½ Gary
Thurston
163
Elliot CM
Macneil
160 0 – 1 Andrew
Medworth
146
Juan Manuel
Arteaga
152 1 – 0 Jef
Page
139
Walkover   1 – 0 default  
Walkover   1 – 0 default  

No surprise in this loss against table topping Imperial especially given Ilford had only eight players and the mean grade of the 8 playing was 188 to 159 in Imperial’s favour. Andrew had a good win with a nice combination to seal it. A good draw for Gideon against a 201 and also a half for Neville who has been struggling for results.



Essex League Win!

Ilford 1 …. 5-3 ….. Upminster 2
Essex Div 2, 4 March 2019
Report by Jef Page

GradeIlford 1ScoreUpminster 2Grade
166Tom
BARTON
½ – ½Les
CRANE
157
168Neville
TWITCHELL
0 – 1Steve
KELSEY
174
166Hassan
MUGALU
½ – ½Aidan
CORISH
151
153Anthony
KENT
½ – ½Robert
IANNETTA
156
137Jason
KLIMACH
1 – 0 Steve
ABBOTT
141
138Syd
KALINSKY
1 – 0 Mustapha
RAHAMAN
140
132Jef
PAGE
1 – 0 Peter
BIGGS
124
96Marshall
TUTU
½ – ½Nick
PELLING
120

A good win for Ilford which lifts us off the bottom of Essex division 2 and up the table (for the moment). This was a rare win in the old Ilford style: holding the top boards but scoring 3½ out of 4 on the lower ones. From not being sure if I had a full team on Sunday to even having a reserve available on Monday.

Upminster’s top board Les Crane plays for Ilford in the London League (LL). Tom was put under pressure by his Schliemann defence but played nicely to win R for B but well down on the clock he was content enough to take a draw. Similarly on board 3 Aidan also plays for us in the LL and he calmly held his game together against Hassan. Iannetta forced Tony Kent to defend with his pieces unable to break-out and advance, but Robert was unable to break in as Tony defended accurately.

Marshall arrived late giving away 30 minutes on this clock but easily held old member Nick Pelling. Biggs’s opening was poor and I should have won a piece with all my bits developed nicely. But I allowed him to wriggle on and as the board cleared I made no mistake a 2nd time and won a Bishop. Kalinsky always had the better development against Rahaman and similarly Jason won well, but on board 2 Neville can’t buy a win at the moment with Steve Kelsey mopping up the ending with Rook and winning pawns versus Knight plus pawns.

Ilford next face division 2 leaders Brentwood on March 25th.

Current league positions: Brentwood, Upminster II, Ilford, Loughton, Barking II, Wanstead III.

Another NCCL loss

Ilford 1 v Barnet Elizabethans 1
North Circular Chess League, Division A
Monday 26/02/2019
Report by Jef Page

Ilford ___ 2 – 4 ____ Barnet

GradeIlford 1ScoreBarnet ElizabethansGrade
166Tom
BARTON
½ – ½Tom
VILLIERS
206
168Neville
TWITCHELL
0 – 1Roy
SAGALL
194
153Anthony
KENT
1 – 0Alexandros
ETHELONTIS
198
138Syd
KALINSKY
0 – 1Jon
RUBECK
167
132Jef
PAGE
0 – 1Phil
MYERS
165
96Marshall
TUTU
½ – ½Mike
JONES
121

Ilford always struggled in this match but the score was almost respectable- a big improvement on the away match at Barnet when they easily beat us 5½-½.

I blundered in the opening and Myers easily picked off a Bishop & although I threw everything into a K-side pawn attack it was never enough. Similarly Kalinsky got nothing out of his opening against Rubeck & struggled.

Neville’s Queen went on a fruitless queenside foray and got itself trapped which eventually led to loss of material, but in the other games we did well with good personal results. Marshall easily held off Mike Jones when the pieces were swapped off, ViIliers was forced to defend doubled c-pawns to save his ending against Tom, and Anthony Kent went one better when Ethelontis rashly sac’d a rook and Tony (calmly/quickly?) won the end game with a double-rook & bishop checkmate.

With 2 matches left to play in this league – both against Wanstead, we now take a break away from the NCCL to play Essex League matches. But if we want to avoid relegation from the A division we need to win at least 1 of them.

NCCL loss but some good personal results

Barking 1 v Ilford 1
North Circular Chess League, Division A
Thursday 14/02/2019
Report by Jef Page

Barking I ____ 4 – 2 _____ Ilford I

GradeBarking 1ScoreIlford 1Grade
203David
SANDS
½Tom
BARTON
166
197Jeff
GOLDBERG
1 – 0 Neville
TWITCHELL
168
172Peter
JASZKIWSKYJ
0 – 1 Anthony
KENT
153
141Gholamreza
ANSARI
½Jef
PAGE
132
.John
WHITE
0 – 1 default.
.G
ANSEN
0 – 1 default.

A bad night for Ilford nursing 2 defaults but with some very good personal results against a strong Barking team.

Tom’s long, strategic, queenside pawn chain backed up by Bishops and Queen easily held off David Sands who soon offered a draw.
My Caro-Kann was solid enough to discourage Ansari from trying anything fancy and he also quickly offered to share the spoils. But these halves were not enough to save the match in spite of Tony Kent playing really well with a sort of reversed Leningrad Dutch with the white pieces – holding the centre and then wiping out Jaszkwiskyj’s queenside pawns and threatening to win more material.

Our only loser over the boards was Neville. Although he went into the long, drawn-out, pawn endgame with level material, his pawns were split and with his King unable to defend them adequately, Jeff Goldberg invaded Neville’s position to queen a pawn and secure the match win for Barking. With only 1 win in this League so far we need at least 1 more to avoid relegation.

Neville and Jeff
Anthony on his way to a win against Peter

At last! A win in the North Circular League

North Circular League Div A – 4 Feb 2019
Ilford 1   3½-2½   Wanstead 2
Report by Jef Page

GradeIlford 1ScoreWanstead 2Grade
166BARTON
Tom
1 – 0CHIREA-FLORICA
T Alin
177
168TWITCHELL
Neville
0 – 1STANILAND
Paul
170
166MUGALU
Hassan
1 – 0 MURRELL
Mark
164
153KENT
Anthony
½ – ½JONES
Keith S
150
138KALINSKY
Syd
½ – ½SMITH
David
132
132PAGE
Jef
½ – ½HARTE
Ben
130

Brexit, Trump, the weather. Forget about them! At last a real headline: Yes! Ilford win a match for the 1st time this season in the North Circular League.

We’ve broken our duck in the tough A division and dragged ourselves, kicking and screaming- off the bottom of the table to be replaced by Wanstead II – well at least for the moment as they have matches in hand on us.

It was a match of two halves. We won 2 out of 3 games in the top 3, and drew all the bottom 3 boards.

I wriggled out of a weak Dutch Defence to sac’ a pawn but with Harte unwilling to risk a piece sac’ follow-up or try for a lengthy endgame win, he too easily took my offer of a draw. And mine of course was the match winning draw! Kalinsky got no advantage against the steady play from Dave Smith’s Pic Defence and likewise Tony Kent couldn’t again any advantage either from his opening against captain Keith Jones.

But on the top boards the games were sharp. Hassan forced Marc Murrell’s King out from the centre to win Marc’s Queen for a Rook whilst Tom was all over Chirea-Florica completely surrounding his King- caught in the centre to sweep home with a powerful attack of a Q, R & B checkmate. Only Neville suffered as Paul Staniland gained complete control of the centre with a strong d and e pawn wedge & even though Neville held off the threat of being mated and won R for B, he couldn’t hold back the tide of pawns in the end.

It will be touch and go as to who get’s relegated out of this division- but a win is a win for us- at last. Thanks to everyone who played!

Loss in London League to Hammersmith

Ilford 1 2.5 – 7.5 Hammersmith 1
30 Jan 2019 – London League Div 2
Tom Barton

Ilford 1 GRADE SCORE Hammersmith 1 GRADE
Tom Barton  166 0 – 1 Chris Skulte 188
Julian Hudson  176 1 – 0 Carsten Pedersen 197
Gideon Vecht 160 0 – 1 Thomas Bonn 193
Neville Twitchell 174 ½ – ½ Bajrush Kelmendi 190
Les Crane 156 0 – 1 Sylvian Eche 190
Aidan Corish 156 0 – 1 Marios Kouis 180
Anthony Kent 151 0 – 1 James AB Stevenson 174
Malcolm Gesthuysen 139 0 – 1 Paul Kennedy 159
Jason Klimach 137 1 – 0 Pavel Nefyodov 154
Jef Page 139 0 – 1 Charles Sturt 136

Ilford were heavily outgraded (average grades of 176.1 to 155.4) in this match so a positive result was unlikely and so it transpired. Good wins for Julian and Jason. Julian caught his opponent in the opening and was always winning. The other games were well contested but apart from Neville’s draw we failed to pick up any other points.

Five games to finish towards the end of the evening…